Stone Barns Center for Food + Agriculture Hosts the 9th Annual Young Farmers Conference
Every December, hundreds of beginning farmers from across the United States gather at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York to learn from agricultural luminaries, peers, and advocacy organizations at the Young Farmers Conference. On December 7-9, 2016, Stone Barns Center will host the 9th annual Young Farmers Conference, providing participants with access to inspiring keynotes and unique workshops that address soil science, technical skills, agricultural policy, farm business management, conservation and more. For a full schedule and list of speakers, see the Young Farmers Conference website.
Due to such high interest, there is a lottery system every September to register and attend the conference. Beginning farmers (that have been farming for less than 10 years) are given preference.
For the many people who didn’t make the lottery or can’t attend the conference, highlights of the workshops will be streamed live on on Stone Barns’ Virtual Grange website (also embedded in this page below) on December 7 and 8:
Wednesday December 7 (all times are EST)
11:00am: Farms as Agents of Social Change with Nancy Vail + Jered Lawson of Pie Ranch
2:00pm: How to Master Farm Business Management Early On with Laura Meister, Dorothy Suput + CJ Walton
3:45pm: Understanding Customer Behavior at Farmers Markets with Maria Rojas + Christopher Wayne
Thursday December 8 (all times are EST)
9:15am: Acta Non-Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project with Kelly Carlisle
11:00am: Carbon Farming with Connor Stedman
2:00pm: Panel: Grassfed Grazing with Craig Haney, Jessica Gigot, Matt Rales + Ridge Shinn
3:45pm: Land Access for Urban Farmers with Tess Brown-Lavoie + Johanna Rosen
Coverage of last year’s conference (both audio and video) is also available online.